Meet our leadership
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Chris Curran - Pastor
Chris Curran was called to Pastor Southland Baptist Church in March 2018. Before ministering at Southland, Chris served churches in Katy, Hearne, Houston, Sugar Land. Chris and his wife, Brooke have two daughters: Carly and Allie.
B.B.A., Baylor University
M. Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary
DMin., Logsdon Seminary
Dr. Tim Lyles - Worship Minister
Tim Lyles has been at Southland since August of 2011. Before ministering at Southland, Tim served churches in San Marcos, Seminole, Mertens, and Clifton, Texas. Tim enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and rooting for the Baylor Bears.
B.A., Baylor University
M.Div., D.Min., Truett Seminary at Baylor University
Elias Garcia - Associate Pastor
Elias Garcia recently joined the Southland leadership team in May 2022.
Travis Garcia - Student Minister
Travis Garcia joined the Southland leadership team in 2018. Travis is passionate about seeing students interact with the Gospel and helping them discover the identity in Christ! Travis is married to Erin, and they enjoy life with their awesome child Jacob!
B.A., Howard Payne University
M.A.(In progress), Howard Payne University
Janet Abernathy - Children's Minister
Janet Abernathy joined the Southland leadership team in 2010. She has a passion for children and their families, Vacation Bible School, and Kid's Camp. Janet is married to Bryan, and they enjoy life with their five beautiful children, Kaden, Mary-Kate, Everly, Pippa, and Brighton.
B.A., Angelo State University
M.A., Dallas Baptist University
Becky Ethington - Administrative Assistant to Pastor & Associate Pastor, Receptionist
Becky Ethington joined the staff of Southland in September 1994. Becky has been with Southland for 27 years. She’s a proud mother and grandma. Becky loves to do yard work and watch her grandsons play sports.
Lisa Dillard - Administrative Assistant to Worship Minister
Lisa Dillard joined the staff of Southland in April 2009. She graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Science. She has had 18 years of experience as a church secretary. Lisa is married to Jackie, and they have two sons, Kyle and Austen, and one grandson, Leon.
Nicole Garcia- Communications Coordinator
Nicole Garcia joined the Southland staff June 2021. She graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. She is married to Lucas. Nicole has a passion for people, enjoys being with family, and loves to read.
Stephanie McLane - CDC Director
Stephanie McLane has recently joined the Southland Staff to run our Child Development Center. Her passion and love for children shines through the relationships Stephanie builds with our families. We are so excited to have Stephanie and to watch how she helps our CDC grow. Stephanie is married to her high-school sweetheart, William of 25 years. They have two children, Robert and Lauren. Stephanie graduted with her Elementary Education degree with a minor in English and has over 20 years of experience in education.